KANSAS CITY, Mo. Somewhere behind closed doors, senior guard Elston Turner was at the center of a celebration, the shouts and claps that lifted from Texas A&M's locker room a release. This satisfied. This was sweet.
Less than 10 minutes earlier, Turner had swished a 3-pointer with 2 seconds left, giving the Aggies a 55-54 victory over Washington State in the CBE Hall of Fame Classic consolation game at Sprint Center. Later, Texas A&M coach Billy Kennedy praised his team's second-half effort, and Turner called the triumph "a team win."
But here, in the moments after the end Tuesday, there was nothing but elation. This is November, but for the Aggies, Turner's dramatics produced March joy.
"Yes, sir!" someone shouted in the locker room.
Turner's shot served as a jolt to a drowsy night. The Aggies and Cougars tipped before a crowd fit for a mausoleum, with what looked like 200 fans in the stands.
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